Strava is an online service that allows people with a smart phone or GPS device to track their bike rides and share the data with others. It’s very popular in distance and racing circles and has a (sometimes problematic) competitive element to it, but like any tool people can use it to track whatever kind of bike ride they want to.
The company has put together a heat map showing the most common bike routes used by Strava users, and the result is pretty much a map of historic and long-loved regional bike routes.
Obviously, this map only represents a small percentage of people who bike, and only a percentage of their bike trips. People are more likely to track longer rides, which explains why this map is a pretty accurate compilation of popular recreational rides and longer commute routes.
For example, the Mercer Island Loop is one of the most popular routes on the map even though the transportation utility of the loop is very limited unless you live on the island.
But it’s a cool insight and verification of regional bike routes. You can also play around with the map to look at running routes. Check it out.
Notice anything interesting in the Strava data? Any surprises? Share your thoughts below.